UFAW Programmes




The Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) website has been officially launched by the Institute of Zoology. Read the launch press release and question and answer sheet.

The Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) project began in summer 2013. Following the success of the Garden Bird Health initiative, this project has now been expanded to monitor the health of amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs in British gardens, as well as continuing to investigate causes of garden bird disease. Funding for the GWH has been secured from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Defra.

To help us learn more about Garden Wildlife Health, please report observations of sick or dead garden birds, amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs to us online at www.gardenwildlifehealth.org.

The GWH has produced a leaflet which alerts people to the occurrence of a new amphibian disease which has recently been found in Britain (captive animals only – so far) and how to minimise the risks of this and other diseases spreading amongst captive collections and from captive to wild animals. The PDF is available on the Garden Wildlife Health website at: http://www.gardenwildlifehealth.org/files/2013/06/Amphibian-disease-alert_June-2015.pdf

Alternatively, if you do not have access to the internet or need further information, call the GWH vets on Tel: 0207 449 6685 (Institute of Zoology; Monday – Friday 09.00 -17.00 hrs).

Members of the public who are concerned about a sick or injured wild animal in their garden should contact their local veterinary surgeon,  the RSPCA (24-hour tel. line: 0300 1234 999) or Scottish SPCA (24-hour tel. line: 03000 999 999) for advice.

Further information on Garden Wildlife Health, including disease factsheets and information on Best Practice, is available at www.gardenwildlifehealth.org.


GBHI logo

The Garden Bird Health Initiative

Established as a UFAW Working Group in 2003, the GBHi operated from 2005-2012 and set out to:

  • Undertake a major garden bird health surveillance and research project.
  • Develop and publish guidelines about how to best feed garden birds in order to maximize the benefits for their welfare and conservation;

The GBHi was coordinated by the Institute of Zoology, in partnership with the Scottish Agricultural College, Liverpool University, the Wildlife Veterinary Investigation Centre, the British Trust for Ornithology, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and UFAW, in collaboration with multiple other organisations.

Download a free copy of the GBHi leaflet on feeding garden birds here

GBHi leaflet



Wild bird care in the garden - A scientific look at large scale, do-it-yourself, wildlife management

This UFAW International Animal Welfare Symsposium was held at the Zoological Society of London, London, UK, on 4th May 2010. For further details click here to go to the Symposium webpage.


Press Releases


Download the Press Release - New strain of bird virus sweeps across Britain

Download the Press Release - British garden bird disease spreads to Europe

Download the Press Release – Avian Pox: Public help needed

Download the Press Release - Parasite threatens many of Britain’s best-loved birds

Download the Press Release - Continued Disease Threat to British Garden Birds

Download the Finch Fatalities Press Release - 14th September 2006

Download the Press Release Wildlife Team Launches Major Garden Bird Care Project



 The GBHi was generously sponsored by:

  • Birdcare Standards Association
  • British Veterinary Association Animal Welfare Foundation
  • British Trust for Ornithology
  • CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd
  • Cranswick Pet Products
  • Defra
  • Gardman Ltd
  • RCVS Trust
  • RSPB
  • Tom Chambers Ltd
  • The John and Pamela Salter Trust
  • UFAW


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